Recently, FACE partnered with the Elevate Foundation to pass out pet supplies and resources in Downtown San Diego. The Elevate Foundation’s mission is to identify individuals of need in our community and partner with other non-profits (and donors) to provide them with support and assistance.
Friend of FACE, Dr. Corey Cole of Lifetime Animal Care Center, provided flea control and veterinary advice to pet owners in need. Together, we were able to help over 65 pet owners and their pets!
Thank you to both the Elevate Foundation and Lifetime Animal Care Center for your support.
FACE is so thankful for the community partnerships that enable us to lend a helping hand to pet owners in need. We have been able to give over 600 pet owners access to resources and supplies thanks to the network of community organizations who partner with us.
Meet Luka, a five-year-old Spaniel mix who was presented to the veterinary hospital with severe bladder stones. Luka’s mom fundraised extensively to help her sweet dog, but was still unable to afford the entire cost of the procedure.
She contacted FACE looking for a helping hand in saving her best friend. With the helpful doctors and staff at Banfield Pet Hospital, Luka was able to have her emergency cystotomy surgery and return to fun-filled days with her mom!
There are many physical and emotional health benefits that come from sharing your life with a dog, cat, or other companion animal. We all know how cuddling with a beloved pet lowers our stress, and walking a dog provides a great opportunity for exercise.
The mental health benefits of pet ownership can help people struggling with many different issues. According to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, having a pet can help with a wide range of problems, including:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
PTSD and Trauma
Many evidence-based studies show that a pet can be an important component of your emotional well-being.
One recent British study of people with long-term mental health conditions found that pets are a “main” and not just a “marginal” source of support in mental health management. Pets offer several benefits (particularly for people with limited social networks), including:
Providing a secure and intimate relationship not available elsewhere.
Helping people manage feelings by providing a distraction from upsetting experiences.
Providing an incentive for increased engagement and activity.
People participating in substance abuse treatment can also find pets to be very helpful in the recovery process. Treatment providers outline such benefits as:
Improved social life.
Reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Giving people a sense of purpose (especially when they adopt a homeless animal).
If you are thinking about opening your home to a new pet, make sure you fully understand the requirements of pet ownership first. Check out this comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about pet adoption HERE.
This happy little pup is a recent FACE Sucess Story. Casper is a member of a large and loving family of 6. He was diagnosed with a painful and debilitating spinal condition known as IVDD (intervertebral disc disease).
Casper needed immediate surgery with a veterinary neurologist. Thanks to our partner California Veterinary Specialists and a grant from FACE, Casper’s family was able to get him the surgery he so urgently needed.